Kia Motors has announced a voluntary recall of its Carens MPV to examine potential errors in its airbag control module/unit (ACU) software. 44,174 Kia Carens will participate in the recall campaign, and Kia Motors will directly contact the owner of the vehicle to update the voluntary recall campaign. Customers of affected vehicles should contact their respective Kia Authorized Dealer to make an appointment. Kia will check the ACU module and provide free software updates if necessary.
Kia Motors has sold nearly 48,000 Carens MPVs in India since launch.
In an official statement, Hyundai Motor Company said, “Kia Motors India is conducting this voluntary recall campaign to check for potential errors in Kia Carens’ airbag control module (ACU) software.” The company will do its best to minimize inconvenience to customers during this campaign.”
The Kia Carens was launched in India on February 15, 2022 and sold nearly 48,000 MPVs in India by September 2022. In September 2022, the total sales of Kia Motors were 25,857 units, of which Carens accounted for 5233 units. Currently, the price of Kia Carents in India is 50 million won. 9.60 million won ~ 17.70 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).
The Kia Carens is India’s first and only production vehicle to be equipped with six airbags as standard.
The Kia Carens was a successful product, selling an average of 6,000 to 7,000 units per month. In fact, it is the first and only mass market vehicle in India to offer six airbags as standard. However, the MPV received a barely acceptable safety rating of three stars in a global NCAP crash test conducted earlier this year.
The Kia Carens is available in five variants: Premium, Prestige, Prestige Plus, Luxury and Luxury Plus, with three engine options and two engines with automatic transmission options. The engine lineup includes a 113 horsepower 1.5-liter naturally aspirated gasoline plant, a 113-horsepower 1.5-liter turbo diesel and a 138 horsepower 1.4-liter turbo gasoline plant. A six-speed manual transmission is standard on all three units, and turbo petrol and diesel offer the option of a seven-speed DCT and six-speed torque converter automatics, respectively.